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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743090/nir-and-uv-responsive-degradable-hyaluronic-acid-nanogels-for-cd44-targeted-and-remotely-triggered-intracellular-doxorubicin-delivery
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Chunfeng Hang, Yan Zou, Yinan Zhong, Zhiyuan Zhong, Fenghua Meng
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is an endogenous polysaccharide that shows intrinsic targetability to CD44+ cancer cells. Here, we developed NIR and UV-responsive degradable nanogels from hyaluronic acid-g-7-N,N-diethylamino-4-hydroxymethylcoumarin (HA-CM) for CD44 targeted and remotely controlled intracellular doxorubicin (DOX) delivery. Nanometer-sized HA-CM nanogels could readily load DOX, and both NIR and UV irradiation could significantly enhance DOX release from the nanogels, resulting from light-triggered cleavage of urethane bonds that connect CM to HA...
July 18, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743087/quinoline-containing-acetyl-hydrazone-an-easily-accessible-switch-on-optical-chemosensor-for-zn-2
#2
Wei-Na Wu, Pan-Dong Mao, Yuan Wang, Xiao-Lei Zhao, Zhou-Qing Xu, Zhi-Hong Xu, Yuan Xue
A simple chemosensor, namely, N-((quinolin-8-yl)methylene)acetohydrazide (1) was synthesized and used as an off-on fluorescence sensor, which exhibits high selectivity toward Zn(2+) in aqueous media. The probe has large Stokes shift of >200nm, and its detection limit for Zn(2+) is 89.3nM. The binding process was confirmed through UV-vis absorption analysis, fluorescence measurements, mass spectroscopy study, (1)H NMR spectra and density functional theory calculation. The crystal structures of Zn(2+), Ni(2+), and Cu(2+) complexes based on 1 were determined through X-ray crystallographic analysis...
July 17, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743081/mycobacterium-tuberculosis-ppe44-rv2770c-is-involved-in-response-to-multiple-stresses-and-promotes-the-macrophage-expression-of-il-12-p40-and-il-6-via-the-p38-erk-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-axis
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Zhaoxiao Yu, Chenhui Zhang, Mingliang Zhou, Qiming Li, Hui Li, Wei Duan, Xue Li, Yonghong Feng, Jianping Xie
Tuberculosis (TB), caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, remains a formidable threat to global public health. The successful intracellular persistence of M. tuberculosis significantly contributes to the intractability of tuberculosis. Proline-glutamic acid (PE) and proline-proline-glutamic acid (PPE) are mycobacterial exclusive protein families that widely reported to be involved in the bacterial virulence, physiology and interaction with host. Rv2770c (PPE44), a predicted virulence factor, was up-regulated upon the infected guinea pig lungs...
July 22, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743063/glutamate-pathways-of-the-beta-cell-and-the-control-of-insulin-secretion
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REVIEW
Pierre Maechler
Pancreatic beta-cells secrete insulin in response to circulating glucose, thereby maintaining euglycemia. Inside the beta-cell, glucose is transformed into intracellular signals stimulating exocytosis. While calcium is an obligatory messenger, this ion is not sufficient to promote the full secretory response. Accordingly, glucose metabolism produces the additive factor glutamate that participates to an amplifying pathway of the calcium signal. Although intracellular glutamate potentiates insulin secretion, extracellular glutamate may activate ionotropic receptors...
July 12, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742922/intracellular-imaging-of-docosanol-in-living-cells-by-coherent-anti-stokes-raman-scattering-microscopy
#5
Sixian You, Yuan Liu, Zane Arp, Youbo Zhao, Eric J Chaney, Marina Marjanovic, Stephen A Boppart
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 1, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742852/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-anti-inflammatory-active-copper-ii-lawsone-complexes
#6
Ján Vančo, Zdeněk Trávníček, Jan Hošek, Pavel Suchý
We report in vitro and in vivo anti-inflammatory activities of a series of copper(II)-lawsone complexes of the general composition [Cu(Law)2(LN)x(H2O)(2-x)]·yH2O; where HLaw = 2-hydroxy-1,4-naphthoquinone, x = 1 when LN = pyridine (1) and 2-aminopyridine (3) and x = 2 when LN = imidazole (2), 3-aminopyridine (4), 4-aminopyridine (5), 3-hydroxypyridine (6), and 3,5-dimethylpyrazole (7). The compounds were thoroughly characterized by physical techniques, including single crystal X-ray analysis of complex 2. Some of the complexes showed the ability to suppress significantly the activation of nuclear factor κB (NF-κB) both by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and TNF-alpha (complexes 3-7 at 100 nM level) in the similar manner as the reference drug prednisone (at 1 μM level)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742826/macromolecular-biosynthetic-parameters-and-metabolic-profile-in-different-life-stages-of-leishmania-braziliensis-amastigotes-as-a-functionally-less-active-stage
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Marlene Jara, Maya Berg, Guy Caljon, Geraldine de Muylder, Bart Cuypers, Denis Castillo, Ilse Maes, María Del Carmen Orozco, Manu Vanaerschot, Jean-Claude Dujardin, Jorge Arevalo
It was recently hypothesized that Leishmania amastigotes could constitute a semi-quiescent stage characterized by low replication and reduced metabolic activity. This concept developed with Leishmania (Leishmania) mexicana and Leishmania (Leishmania) major models might explain numerous clinical and sub-clinical features of Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis infections, like reactivation of the disease, non-response to chemotherapy or asymptomatic infections. We compared here in vitro the proliferative capability of L...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742810/effect-of-calcium-electroporation-in-combination-with-metformin-in-vivo-and-correlation-between-viability-and-intracellular-atp-level-after-calcium-electroporation-in-vitro
#8
Stine Krog Frandsen, Julie Gehl
BACKGROUND: Calcium electroporation is a new experimental anti-cancer treatment where calcium is internalized into cells by application of short, high voltage pulses. Calcium electroporation has been shown to induce tumor necrosis associated with ATP depletion while the effect on normal fibroblasts was limited when investigated in a 3D in vitro spheroid model. We aimed to investigate the effect of calcium electroporation in combination with metformin, a drug that affects intracellular ATP level...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742793/intracrine-vegf-signalling-mediates-colorectal-cancer-cell-migration-and-invasion
#9
Rajat Bhattacharya, Fan Fan, Rui Wang, Xiangcang Ye, Ling Xia, Delphine Boulbes, Lee M Ellis
BACKGROUND: Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and its receptors (VEGFRs) are key regulators of angiogenesis, affecting endothelial cell survival and function. However, the effect of VEGF-VEGFR signalling on tumour cell function is not well understood. Our previous studies in colorectal cancer (CRC) cells have demonstrated an intracrine VEGF/VEGFR1 signalling mechanism that mediates CRC cell survival and chemo-sensitivity. Since extracellular VEGF signalling regulates migration of endothelial cells and various tumour cells, we attempted to determine whether intracrine VEGF signalling affects CRC cell motility...
July 25, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742687/the-allosteric-hemoglobin-effector-itpp-inhibits-metastatic-colon-cancer-in-mice
#10
Perparim Limani, Michael Linecker, Marcel A Schneider, Philipp Kron, Christoph Tschuor, Ekaterina Kachaylo, Udo Ungethuem, Claude Nicolau, Jean-Marie Lehn, Rolf Graf, Bostjan Humar, Pierre-Alain Clavien
OBJECTIVE: To test the effects of enhanced intracellular oxygen contents on the metastatic potential of colon cancer. BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer is the commonest gastrointestinal carcinoma. Distant metastases occur in half of patients and are responsible for most cancer-related deaths. Tumor hypoxia is central to the pathogenesis of metastases. Myo-Inositoltrispyrophosphate (ITPP), a nontoxic, antihypoxic compound, has recently shown significant benefits in experimental cancer, particularly when combined with standard chemotherapy...
July 24, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742508/clinical-characterization-of-a-novel-calcium-sensing-receptor-genetic-alteration-in-a-greek-patient-with-autosomal-dominant-hypocalcemia-type-1
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Anna Papadopoulou, Evangelia Gole, Katerina Melachroinou, Theoni Trangas, Evaggelia Bountouvi, Anastasios Papadimitriou
OBJECTIVE: Autosomal dominant hypocalcemia (ADH) is a rare familial or sporadic syndrome associated with activating mutations in the calcium sensing receptor (CaSR) gene. The aim of this study was to assess the functional significance of a novel CaSR mutation and, moreover, to present the clinical characteristics and the bone mineral density (BMD) progression from early childhood to late puberty in a patient with ADH. DESIGN: Genetic analysis of the CaSR gene was performed in a patient who presented in the neonatal period with hypocalcemic seizures and biochemical features of ADH...
April 2017: Hormones: International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742496/experience-dependent-shaping-of-hippocampal-ca1-intracellular-activity-in-novel-and-familiar-environments
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Jeremy D Cohen, Mark Bolstad, Albert K Lee
The hippocampus is critical for producing stable representations of familiar spaces. How these representations arise is poorly understood, largely because changes to hippocampal inputs have not been measured during spatial learning. Here, using intracellular recording, we monitored inputs and plasticity-inducing complex spikes (CSs) in CA1 neurons while mice explored novel and familiar virtual environments. Inputs driving place field spiking increased in amplitude - often suddenly - during novel environment exploration...
July 25, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742402/association-of-il-10-regulating-micrornas-in-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-with-the-pathogenesis-of-autoimmune-thyroid-disease
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Yukina Takuse, Mikio Watanabe, Naoya Inoue, Ritsuko Ozaki, Hiroshi Ohtsu, Minori Saeki, Yuka Katsumata, Yoh Hidaka, Yoshinori Iwatani
Interleukin (IL)-10 is known to suppress inflammation in autoimmune diseases. IL-10 can be regulated by miRNAs. To elucidate the involvement of miRNAs that regulate IL-10 expression with the pathogenesis of autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD), we examined the expression levels of hsa-miR-27a-3p, hsa-miR-98-5p, hsa-miR-106a-5p, and hsa-miR-223-3p in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from 43 patients with Graves' disease (GD), 38 patients with Hashimoto's disease (HD), and 21 healthy volunteers. We evaluated the association between the expression levels of four miRNAs and intracellular expression of IL-10 in PBMCs from 11 healthy volunteers...
July 25, 2017: Immunological Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742189/novel-endogenous-negative-modulators-of-platelet-function-as-potential-anti-thrombotic-targets
#14
Y-J Li, H-X Zhu, D Zhang, H-C Li, P Ma, L-Y Huang
Platelets are megakaryocyte-derived nuclear-free fragments that participate in cardiovascular diseases including acute myocardial infarction, ischemic stroke, hypertension, and atherosclerosis. At the endothelium damage site, platelets interact with sub-endothelial matrix proteins such as glycoprotein VI/Fc receptor γ-chain (GPVI/FcRγ), G protein-coupled receptor/phospholipase Cγ(β) (GPCR/PLCγ(β)), Rho/RhoK and integrin. The activation of these signaling pathways triggers intracellular calcium increase and causes platelet adhesion, aggregation, granule release and finally thrombus formation...
July 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742133/a-putative-atp-gtp-binding-protein-affects-leishmania-mexicana-growth-in-insect-vectors-and-vertebrate-hosts
#15
Aygul Ishemgulova, Natalya Kraeva, Jana Hlaváčová, Sara L Zimmer, Anzhelika Butenko, Lucie Podešvová, Tereza Leštinová, Julius Lukeš, Alexei Kostygov, Jan Votýpka, Petr Volf, Vyacheslav Yurchenko
BACKGROUND: Leishmania virulence factors responsible for the complicated epidemiology of the various leishmaniases remain mainly unidentified. This study is a characterization of a gene previously identified as upregulated in two of three overlapping datasets containing putative factors important for Leishmania's ability to establish mammalian intracellular infection and to colonize the gut of an insect vector. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: The investigated gene encodes ATP/GTP binding motif-containing protein related to Leishmania development 1 (ALD1), a cytosolic protein that contains a cryptic ATP/GTP binding P-loop...
July 24, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742131/biochemical-characterization-and-comparison-of-aspartylglucosaminidases-secreted-in-venom-of-the-parasitoid-wasps-asobara-tabida-and-leptopilina-heterotoma
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Quentin Coulette, Séverine Lemauf, Dominique Colinet, Geneviève Prévost, Caroline Anselme, Marylène Poirié, Jean-Luc Gatti
Aspartylglucosaminidase (AGA) is a low-abundance intracellular enzyme that plays a key role in the last stage of glycoproteins degradation, and whose deficiency leads to human aspartylglucosaminuria, a lysosomal storage disease. Surprisingly, high amounts of AGA-like proteins are secreted in the venom of two phylogenetically distant hymenopteran parasitoid wasp species, Asobara tabida (Braconidae) and Leptopilina heterotoma (Cynipidae). These venom AGAs have a similar domain organization as mammalian AGAs. They share with them key residues for autocatalysis and activity, and the mature α- and β-subunits also form an (αβ)2 structure in solution...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741996/transcriptome-changes-associated-with-tomato-spotted-wilt-virus-infection-in-various-life-stages-of-its-thrips-vector-frankliniella-fusca-hinds
#17
Anita Shrestha, Donald E Champagne, Albert K Culbreath, Dorith Rotenberg, Anna E Whitfield, Rajagopalbabu Srinivasan
Persistent propagative viruses maintain intricate interactions with their arthropod vectors. In this study, we investigated the transcriptome-level responses associated with a persistent propagative phytovirus infection in various life stages of its vector using an Illumina HiSeq sequencing platform. The pathosystem components included a Tospovirus, Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV), its insect vector, Frankliniella fusca (Hinds), and a plant host, Arachis hypogaea (L.). We assembled (de novo) reads from three developmental stage groups of virus-exposed and non-virus-exposed F...
July 26, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741686/gpr55-receptor-antagonist-decreases-glycolytic-activity-in-panc-1-pancreatic-cancer-cell-line-and-tumor-xenografts
#18
Michel Bernier, Jonathan Catazaro, Nagendra S Singh, Artur Wnorowski, Anna Boguszewska-Czubara, Krzysztof Jozwiak, Robert Powers, Irving W Wainer
The Warburg effect is a predominant metabolic pathway in cancer cells characterized by enhanced glucose uptake and its conversion to L-lactate and is associated with upregulated expression of HIF-1α and activation of the EGFR-MEK-ERK, Wnt-β-catenin and PI3K-AKT signaling pathways. (R,R')-4'-methoxy-1-naphthylfenoterol ((R,R')-MNF) significantly reduces proliferation, survival, and motility of PANC-1 pancreatic cancer cells through inhibition of the GPR55 receptor. We examined (R,R')-MNF's effect on glycolysis in PANC-1 cells and tumors...
July 25, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741645/inflammasome-and-autophagy-regulation-a-two-way-street
#19
Qian Sun, Jie Fan, Timothy R Billiar, Melanie J Scott
Inflammation plays a significant role in protecting hosts against pathogens. Inflammation induced by non-infectious, endogenous agents can be detrimental, and if excessive can result in organ and tissue damage. The inflammasome is a major innate immune pathway that can be activated via both exogenous pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) and endogenous damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs). Inflammasome activation involves formation and oligomerization of a protein complex including a NOD-like receptor (NLR), an adaptor protein (ASC) and procaspase-1...
July 24, 2017: Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741418/focal-adhesion-kinase-activation-is-necessary-for-stretch-induced-alignment-and-enhanced-differentiation-of-myogenic-precursor-cells
#20
Jens Isak Andersen, Cristian Pablo Pennisi, Trine Fink, Vladimir Zachar
Myogenic precursors sense and dynamically respond to mechanical stimulation through complex integrin-mediated mechanotransduction, in which focal adhesion kinase (FAK) is a fundamental intracellular signaling mediator. When skeletal myoblasts are exposed to uniaxial cyclic tensile strain (UCTS) they display uniform alignment and an enhanced rate of differentiation. In this work, we explored the role of FAK activation using C2C12 myoblasts that were grown on flexible culture plates and exposed to UCTS during the early differentiation phase...
July 25, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
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